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DONE DEAL: Spalding boss Zakuani explains dealing in ex-Newcastle striker Ranger

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has joined non-league Spalding.

A small town in the Lincolnshire Fens, Spalding will provide a very different location for Ranger's latest shot in the game, compared to Tyneside and East London.

Most recently, Ranger turned out for Southend in a spell that ended in acrimonious circumstances.

The League Two club tore up the forward's deal in January 2018 over 'recurring disciplinary issues' following a stint in prison for fraud.

But former Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani, now the coach of Spalding, says Ranger has 'promised' to turn the page and make use of this fresh chance.

Zakuani told the club media: "I've known Nile for many years and we grew up in the same area.

"He has all the talent in the world and knows he has a point to prove. In the conversations we have had, he wants an opportunity to get himself back on the map.

"I believe he can easily play for any team in League One and most Championship clubs.

"He has promised me he will get his head down and prove to everyone that the penny has dropped. This opportunity will allow people to see he still has the hunger to succeed."

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